By: Joe Graedon January 26, 2004 0 Comments
    Can Coffee Raise Cholesterol

    Q. I use a French press coffee maker, which in my opinion makes a superior cup of coffee. A friend said that brewing coffee this way will raise my cholesterol so I should pour the coffee through a pap…

    By: Joe Graedon January 26, 2004 0 Comments
    Sex and Drugs Still Interest Aging Rockers

    The slogan for the hippy generation of the 1960s was sex, drugs and rock and roll. The drugs involved were marijuana and hallucinogens like LSD. Forty years later, the slogan for aging baby boomers co…

    By: Joe Graedon January 24, 2004 0 Comments
    #483 Open Lines

    Can you take too much acetaminophen (Tylenol)? People assume that this over-the-counter pain reliever is perfectly safe. But it is estimated that more than 50,000 emergencies occur every year because …

    By: Joe Graedon January 19, 2004 0 Comments
    Peppermint Solves Digestive Distress

    Q. I have had irritable bowel syndrome for more than 25 years. I've tried all sorts of remedies including coconut macaroon cookies. I ate so many I can't stand even looking at them! Then I remembered …

    By: Joe Graedon January 19, 2004 0 Comments
    Flu Drug Works Better Than Vaccine

    Q. Last Thursday my daughter came home from school sick and running a fever. I took her to the doctor, who diagnosed her with the flu and wrote a prescription for Tamiflu. Because I had gotten a flu s…

    By: Joe Graedon January 19, 2004 0 Comments
    Drug Company Secret Shocks Patients

    If you watch television you can't miss the commercials for prescription drugs like Lipitor, Zoloft, Viagra and Vioxx. Judging from the smiles on the actors' faces, you would assume that everyone is be…

    By: Joe Graedon January 17, 2004 0 Comments
    #482 The Estrogen Experiment

    When the enormous experiment called the Women's Health Initiative determined that postmenopausal women taking Prempro were at higher risk of heart disease, stroke and dementia, many doctors were aston…

    By: Joe Graedon January 12, 2004 0 Comments
    Sexual Vibrancy Can Be Restored

    Q. I am in my mid-60's and in good health except for asthma I've had since I was a child. I take Advair, Prempro and Lipitor. My husband and I have been married for 44 years with four children. As I h…

    By: Joe Graedon January 12, 2004 0 Comments
    Nail Fungus Remedies Kick Up Controversy

    Something about home remedies stirs strong emotions. Not long ago, we heard from a podiatrist who was very unhappy with us. "Home remedies hardly ever work," he wrote. "The unproven treatments you men…

    By: Joe Graedon January 10, 2004 0 Comments
    #481 Open Lines

    Dr. Dean Edell is called America's Doctor because he makes house call to millions of people over the radio every day. Dr. Edell is heard on more than 400 radio stations across the country. His new boo…

    By: Joe Graedon January 9, 2004 0 Comments
    #A-105 Autism

    More and more children are being diagnosed with autism or a related disorder. They have difficulty relating to family or friends. This is a mysterious condition with no clear cause and no cure. But th…

    By: Joe Graedon January 5, 2004 0 Comments
    Daily Dose Of Cinnamon May Cut Risk Of Diabetes

    Q. I'd like some advice on blood sugar. At present I am not a diabetic. My blood glucose is 125 and my hemoglobin A1C is 5.7, which puts me in the high normal range. I do not take any medication, but …

    By: Joe Graedon January 5, 2004 0 Comments
    Powerful Drugs Fight Fujian Flu

    Q. My pharmacist said that there are effective oral medicines for the flu but they require a prescription. I didn't manage to get a flu shot this year before they ran out. What can you tell me about f…

    By: Joe Graedon January 5, 2004 0 Comments
    Do Antidepressants Provoke Suicide In Kids?

    In 1988 an ophthalmologist contacted us because his daughter had unexpectedly committed suicide while taking Prozac. He was convinced that this antidepressant had somehow triggered her sudden violent …

    By: Joe Graedon January 4, 2004 0 Comments
    #480 Open Lines

    Ephedra will soon be taken off the market. What took the FDA so long? Also, we will discuss the implications of mad cow disease. A new study shows that an anti-viral drug called valacyclovir can preve…

    By: Joe Graedon December 29, 2003 0 Comments
    Testosterone Shots May Prevent Pregnancy

    Q. My husband takes testosterone injections to gain muscle at the gym. Will that be detrimental to our plans to have a baby? Will the injections hurt our chance of conceiving a child? Or will the incr…

    By: Joe Graedon December 29, 2003 0 Comments
    Will Coconut Control Doggie Diarrhea?

    Q. I have read in your column that coconut can help relieve chronic diarrhea in humans. Would the coconut work on dogs? I have an 8-year-old Lab with symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and would lov…

    By: Joe Graedon December 29, 2003 0 Comments
    Medication Mistakes Are Common And Can Be Deadly

    When an airplane crashes, the public demands to know what went wrong. They also want the problem to be corrected so it won't happen again. The entire space shuttle program has been grounded since the …

    By: Joe Graedon December 27, 2003 0 Comments
    #479 Essentials for Highly Healthy People

    Highly healthy people have certain things in common. You might be surprised to learn that one of the most important is forgiveness. For optimal health, you need to look beyond your cholesterol and blo…

    By: Joe Graedon December 22, 2003 0 Comments
    Sugarless Gum Replaces Heartburn Pills

    Q. I suffer from heartburn on a daily basis, sometimes even with medication. So I was very interested to read that chewing gum might help. I take over-the-counter acid suppressors and decided to subst…

    By: Joe Graedon December 22, 2003 1 Comments
    Flea Infestation Is Hard To Fight

    Q. Help me! I have fleas! I mean, the dog has fleas but they are eating me alive. My ankles look like they have been through a meat grinder. What can I do? A. The first thing to do is treat your pet. …

    By: Joe Graedon December 22, 2003 0 Comments
    Preventing And Treating Colds Is Tricky

    The flu has arrived ahead of schedule and is hitting hard. Millions may suffer, but doctors speculate some might side-step problems with a flu shot. The vaccine is not a perfect match for the dominant…

    By: Joe Graedon December 20, 2003 0 Comments
    #478 Faith and Medicine

    What role does spirituality play in healing? When we face a health crisis it often challenges us to examine our most profound beliefs. We will examine the importance of trust and connection with our h…

    By: Joe Graedon December 15, 2003 0 Comments
    Medical Error Proves Lethal!

    Printer Friendly Send to a Friend Medical Error Proves Lethal! 12/15/2003 Q. I wish my mother had read your column on medical mistakes before it was too late. For four years she had been taking Coumad…

    By: Joe Graedon December 15, 2003 0 Comments
    Coconut Treats May Relieve Diarrhea

    Q. More than 20 years ago I was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Tests revealed no cause. Diarrhea attacks accompanied by severe abdominal pain rarely gave me time to find a bathroom bef…

    By: Joe Graedon December 15, 2003 0 Comments
    Is Diet Advice Full Of Big Fat Lies?

    Americans were told for decades that if they just cut back on eggs, butter and red meat, they would lower their cholesterol and reduce their risk of heart disease. The French, on the other hand, conti…

    By: Joe Graedon December 14, 2003 0 Comments
    #477 Fighting Flu, Overcoming Colds & Manag…

    How bad is this year's flu epidemic? Now that the vaccine is almost gone, what else can you do? Can echinacea do anything for the common cold? How will the new Medicare legislation change seniors' hea…

    By: Joe Graedon December 11, 2003 0 Comments
    Treating Warts With Tagamet

    Q. My 9-year-old son has a wart on his toe that is about the size of 4 or 5 regular warts clumped together. He has had every topical application available multiple times without result. His doctor rec…

    By: Joe Graedon December 8, 2003 0 Comments
    Olive Oil May Restore Marital Bliss

    Q. I stopped using estrogen last summer, but now I am suffering with vaginal dryness. This is causing me a lot of discomfort and is making relations with my husband difficult. I remember reading in yo…

    By: Joe Graedon December 8, 2003 0 Comments
    Don’t Become A Statistic This Flu Season

    The flu is back, it's early and it's bad! Thousands will die over the next few months. Many of the deaths could be prevented, if only people took action soon enough. Getting a flu shot is a good idea.…